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Slack and Discord Policy

This page outlines our policies for Slack and Discord
Updated 9/9/2023
Credit to Code For America's guidelines who helped shaped these guidelines.
If you are being harassed, or witness someone else being harassed or otherwise uncomfortable, or if you think anyone is in violation of Tech Fleet's Code of Conduct for ANY other reason, the community needs your help. Please report a Code of Conduct concern. We protect and support whomever reports. Read through all Policies and ensure you always abide by them, and help report violations.
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    Tech Fleet has a code of conduct that applies to our spaces and events, including the Tech Fleet Slack and Discord. This Code of Conduct can be found here.
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    Tech Fleet supports its community's safety, comfort, and inclusion. Anyone can speak to someone or report something to Tech Fleet anonymously and with protection as long as no lives are in danger. If you are feeling threatened, unsafe, uncomfortable, harassed, or in anything similar in Slack or Discord, you're able to report this by sending an email to: [email protected].
REPORTING A CODE OF CONDUCT CONCERN (See more in the Code of Conduct)
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a Code of Conduct concern.
You can report a Code of Conduct concern in the following ways:
Here is an email template you can use:
  • Subject: Safe space alert
  • Body: I am writing because of harassment related to Tech Fleet: (NAME, PLACE, DATES OF EVENTS,DETAILS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE). You can reach me at (CONTACT INFO). Thank you.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a Code of Conduct concern.
You can report a Code of Conduct concern in the following ways:
Here is an email template you can use:
  • Subject: Safe space alert at (event name)
  • Body: I am writing because of a code of conduct concern related to Tech Fleet: (NAME, PLACE, DATES OF EVENTS, DETAILS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE). You can reach me at (CONTACT INFO). Thank you.
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    Slack and Discord operate with moderators. Tech Fleet's building rotating teams of moderators for supporting Slack and Discord. Currently, should you ever have any questions or issues, please feel free to use the following options: - To speak with Tech Fleet staff, Find us in Slack or email [email protected].
    - To report something anonymously, or to talk about something in a 100% safe space and be protected from fallout as long as no lives are in danger, we're here to help; email [email protected] - If you are in danger, or experiencing a life threatening emergency, or you believe someone you know is in danger or experiencing a life threatening emergency, please dial your local 911 emergency number and report to the nearest authorities in your area.
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    DO NOT direct message any member of Slack for the purpose of soliciting, inappropriate or unsafe conversations, not-safe-for-work conversations, or otherwise non-professional conversation that doesn't have to directly do with Tech Fleet or your career readiness.
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    Please be aware that Tech Fleet moderators or staff may remove users at will for any reason and will remove any user that Tech Fleet staff deems to be violating the Tech Fleet code of conduct, are being disruptive, or are presenting a security threat to the community.
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    New users are asked to take a moment to update your profile with your profile picture, first and last names, title, and organization so people have a better chance of knowing who you are. Introduce yourself in #welcome-buddy-up to let the community know who you are.
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    Do NOT post in channels or private DM's soliciting other products, companies, people, services, projects, or anything else in Tech Fleet Slack without prior approval from a moderator. You should only ever discuss conversations related to Tech Fleet or your own career journey or any other professional topic, unless you are seeking feedback about a personal project you are working on in #personal-project-help or you are seeking mentoring help in #general or any other public Slack channel in Tech Fleet. Violators of this will be booted from Slack with a Zero Tolerance policy. Your messages will be deleted by Tech Fleet staff of moderators if violating policies.
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    We provide social channels like #social-chatter, #pets-of-tech-fleet, #general, and #gaming, and more to allow for social conversation. Slack policies apply to all of these channels as well; DO NOT talk about inappropriate topics or topics that make others feel uncomfortable, not empowered, not included, or unsafe.
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    While Slack can be a great place to network, it should not be used to pitch companies or products without prompting. The exception to this is if people are looking to hire talent and are more than welcome to post in the #job-leads channel.
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    Any conversations posted in public channels may be subject to a Freedom of Information Act Request. Combined with the size of our Slack, users should treat the Tech Fleet Slack the same way you would a message on a public forum.
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    To keep pings down, the #announcements channel is admin-only channel. Only Tech Fleet staff and moderators should post to this channel. Only moderators and staff should use @channel and @here commands.
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    Only administrators can create new channels. To create new channels, please speak with a moderator in slack or email [email protected] with your request.
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    Please note that Tech Fleet is pending 501(c)3 status, and is a non-partisan organization. This particular Slack should not be used for planning partisan activities. For examples of what Tech Fleet considers partisan activity please see these guidelines.
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    Only staff members of Tech Fleet are allowed to integrate bots. If you would like to add a bot, please speak with a moderator in slack or email [email protected] with your request.
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    Always reply to conversations in threads to keep channels clean.
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    Look at the Topic of a channel to get a sense of its purpose, and get access to quick links.
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    Look through the pinned posts in channels to find saved posts that others want to highlight.
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    Don't use @here or @channel unless you are absolutely sure you want to give notice to everyone in the channels. Sometimes channels have all members, and it's extra distracting.
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    Do NOT contact anyone by phone through Slack.
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    Do NOT post any profile pictures of other people on your Slack profile other than yourself.